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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Engraved Toasting Flutes- Lovebirds on a Leafy Branch

I have a special place in my heart for birds and nature.  Outdoor weddings and natural scenery have made their way into a beautiful wedding trend, and it seems that many engaged couples are moving their weddings right into the beaty of nature.  My Lovebirds on a Leafy Branch toasting flutes were inspired by my affinity for vintage nature.  Featuring a lovely pair of sketched birds perched together on a branch, the design reflects great detail. 

A best seller in my shop, these have made for lots of happy Brides!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hoots for your Birthday!

In honor of my mom's birthday, I have created a little something special and unique to send her way (Montana.)

Mom has long had an affinity for owls. When I was younger I didn't really get it...owls? She literally has hundreds of them displayed around her house. And now, as an adult, I can see the owl's beauty and wisdom, and looking now at some of her unique collection, many of them have a retro-vintage feel. Takes me back, I guess.

So after many years of being gifted with owl statues, decorations, yard art, and everything owl under the sun...what's left you ask?

Well, I have recently grown fond of engraving on bamboo. Bamboo is a sustainable and fast-growing wood source that is in no danger of extinction. It also has very beautiful lines and colors, and looks beautiful when lasered.

So for her gift, I decided to engrave for her a bamboo lazy susan for her dining room table. I came across a unique "owl tree" design, and with some minor alterations and color separations, here is the result...

I love how you can see the lines, and the differences in their engraved colors. This particular graphic called to me because of it's folk-artsy feel, with it's heart-in-hand accents. So sweet and with a natural quality.

Above the design, I engraved a quote from a classic fairy-tail about the wise old owl:

A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; the less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?

It was perfection for this piece, and I am pleased with it's outcome.

Happiest Birthday Mom!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Beauty is in the Details

Wood is probably my favorite laserable medium... the beauty is clearly in the details. I absolutely love to work with warm brown textures and uneven grains. Imperfect wood with knots and mixed hues makes for a timeless piece of work.

For this project, I mixed my love of warm wood with a favorite graphic of mine. I stumbled across a beautiful 12 inch square acacia wood plate, and immediately imagined this classic family tree with it's swirly branches and scattered leaves.

Ideal for display on a simple plate stand, makes a beautiful gift and timeless keepsake.

see you soon-


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

the journey begins... a little about me

Welcome to my laserbird blog!

This adventure has been a long time coming, and it's purpose is to share my ideas and my creative energy, and to share with the world what it is that I do.

I find that I feel most creative when I am surrounded by creative people. Clever ideas (and people) inspire and excite me!

So who am I?

I am a work at home mom who decided to leave the big leagues to chase my dream of beginning a small business. It has been a strange, scary, liberating, wonderful, and frustrating experience to say the least! But I have tried to make the most of it.

I have always been "crafty" and I consider myself an "idea person." I absolutely love a good brainstorming session, and sometimes my best ideas seem to blossom from the most unlikely sources. I have many more plans and ideas (notebooks, literally full of them) than I could ever actually complete. But I keep them all, every scrap... just in case, someday, I need them.

I love:
indie, wood, paper, pink, birds, notebooks, John Mayer, iced tea, etsy, and yes...Twilight.

So that's me, in a nutshell.

Talk to you soon-